News Releases

Veteran IP Litigator and Trial Lawyer Joins Baker Botts in Austin


AUSTIN, September 8, 2022 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, announced today that Jose C. Villarreal has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property Department in Austin.

As lead counsel for major technology clients Villarreal has a history of successful patent-related representations. He has 25 years of experience litigating primarily in the Western District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and California Federal Courts. With a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and prior tech industry work, Villarreal’s litigation experience spans across a broad spectrum of technologies, including diagnostic devices, semiconductors, networking communications and security, SAS and CRM software, electric vehicles, financial software, and gaming software.

In addition to being a highly experienced patent litigation and trial attorney for technology and growth enterprises, Villarreal also advises clients regarding IP transactional matters, including strategic intellectual property portfolio management and licensing. He joins Baker Botts from the Austin office of Perkins Coie, which he helped open in February 2020 and where he served as the founding office Managing Partner. Before that, he was a partner at Wilson Sonsini for over 15 years.

“Jose’s stellar credentials, leadership skills, courtroom experience, technical expertise and market knowledge make him a strategic fit for our IP Department,” said John Martin, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “Austin is a pivotal market with robust growth in the technology industry, and Jose’s arrival will add strength on strength.“

“Jose’s reputation and legal community engagement, high-tech litigation practice, and client relationships and successes will further enhance our IP Department’s market prominence in both Texas and nationally,” said Rob Scheinfeld, Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ IP Department. “We are delighted to welcome him to the firm and to call him our partner.”

“I am excited to join Baker Botts’ market-leading IP practice,” Villarreal said. “I have worked with several of the firm’s IP lawyers throughout my career, and have seen their professional excellence, technical expertise and collaboration time and again.  I look forward to teaming with them and hitting the ground running.”

Villarreal earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude in 1997. He also received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1998 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, where he graduated with high honors.

Baker Botts offers a team of focused and technically trained intellectual property lawyers who work with clients to understand their businesses, providing creative solutions for their toughest challenges across every industry and technology. With over 150 attorneys and patent professionals dedicated to IP from coast to coast and across the globe, Baker Botts has one of the largest and most highly regarded IP practices of any general practice law firm. Its team collectively holds more than 240 scientific and technical degrees, including over 20 PhDs.

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit

Related Professionals